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School board approves calendar

Mulberry-Pleasant View Bi-County School Board members approved the 2014-15 school calendar and amendments to this year’s school calendar at their meeting March 13.

Amendments to the 2013-14 school calendar were made to accommodate the need for additional make-up days, said Superintendent Dana Higdon.

Mulberry, as many other districts across the state, missed an unusual number of snow days this year because of severe winter weather. Mulberry missed a total of nine school days, Higdon said.

One missed day already has been made up, Higdon said. The other make up days will be April 18, which is Good Friday, May 27-30 and June 2-4, she said.

Each make-up day is required by the state to have six hours of instruction.

Board members also approved next year’s school calendar, which Higdon said is similar to the current year with no additional snow days. The 2014-15 school year will begin Aug. 18.

Student enrollment has been on the increase, Higdon said. The district has 60 more students now than it did at this time last year, she said.

Higdon has seen a trend of increasing enrollment during the year, with the number of students going “up and up” each quarter, she said.

Also at the March meeting, board members approved an increase in student lunch prices from $1.60 to $1.75.

At the Feb. 13 board meeting, contracts for the superintendent and the school district’s three principals were renewed. Karen Mason also was approved for hire as a paraprofessional.

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